Black People : Freedom Rider: Forgiving White People


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Sep 12, 2009
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Too much forgiveness is an unhealthy thing. It allows the excessively forgiven parties to believe that they can do no wrong. Of course, there have been times when Negroes had little choice but to forgive white people – or pretend to forgive – or die. Unfortunately, “in the 21st century we have reverted to grateful Negro status, even when our loved ones are killed.”

We are taught to never blame white people for anything, even when they are clearly blame worthy.”

A line in a poem says “to err is human, to forgive divine.” We hear constant exhortations to forgive and forget and let bygones be bygones. Most religions teach forgiveness as a major tenet. Literature, old adages and religious beliefs may seem harmless, but behaving as if forgiveness is an unalloyed good can have dangerous consequences, especially for black people.

Black people have every reason to be full of righteous indignation. Our history in this country is a litany of one atrocity after another. Two hundred years of slavery ended with the Civil War which was then followed by the defeat of Reconstruction and nearly 100 more years of segregation and Jim Crow, America’s apartheid. An all too brief liberation movement was undermined by a system of mass incarceration which has gone on for the last forty years.

A constant of black life has been the establishment and maintenance of lynch law. The ghoulish spectacles of blood thirsty crowds may be a thing of the past, but lynch law was never repealed. As the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement informed us, every 28 hours a black person is a victim of extra judicial murder carried out by police, security and vigilantes.

In the early morning hours of September 14, 2013 Jonathan Ferrell was killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had survived a serious car accident and in all probability knocked on the door of a nearby home because he was seeking assistance, only to have the homeowner call police. We can only guess what happened next because he is dead and can’t explain what he did or why a police officer shot him ten times.

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Aug 24, 2013
It's okay to forgive white people, but don't be no fool.

For example, one night long before the Sally Hemings scandal became public, me and one of my BEST friends...a German mathematician, were sitting out on his balcony drinking beer.

From out of nowhere, he stated, "Thomas Jefferson was one of the greatest U.S presidents."

I then said, "F**k Thomas Jefferson", and we went back to drinking our beer.
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